Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 19, 2011


Dr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, will lead a senior-level delegation of African Union officials to Washington on April 20 – 21 for the United States-African Union High Level Meeting. The High Level Meeting is an annual forum for bilateral dialogue between the United States and the African Union on a wide variety of subjects of mutual interest. This year's program will include discussions on both political and economic tracks.

During the course of the two day visit, Chairperson Ping and his delegation will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Darci Vetter, and other senior officials.

Credentialed members of the media will have several opportunities to cover the African Union's visit to Washington:

APRIL 20

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8:45 a.m. Chairperson Ping and U.S. Ambassador to the African Union Michael Battle brief at the Washington Foreign Press Center.
(Open press, foreign media only. For access, contact Dick Custin, CustinDR2@state.gov.)
11:00 a.m. Chairperson Ping meets with Attorney General Eric Holder.
(Official photographs and press release will be available. For details, contact the Department of Justice.)
2:00 p.m. Chairperson Ping delivers remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
(Open press. For access, contact Allison Sturma, asturma@usip.org.)
6:00 p.m. Chairperson Ping and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk receive the 2011 Constituency for Africa Diaspora Leadership Award during a reception at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
(Open press. For access, contact Carl Davis, 765-212-7042 or Edward Burke, 202-633-4660)

APRIL 21

Information on Secretary Clinton's meeting with Chairperson Ping will be forthcoming in the public schedule.



PRN: 2011/607